UPDATE: Suspect arrested after I-15 shutdown near Lake Mead Wednesday morning

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Ivan Alonza faces charges including assault with a deadly weapon against a protected person.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A man armed with two knives was taken into custody Wednesday after North Las Vegas police responded to a Nevada Highway Patrol call for assistance on Interstate 15 at Lake Mead Boulevard.

Ivan Alonzo, 34, faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon against a protected person.

I-15 was closed for more than six hours beginning at 2:30 a.m. as North Las Vegas police and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers negotiated with the man before arresting him. Vehicles were routed off the highway, creating traffic problems for motorists in the north valley.

The closure affected the Spaghetti Bowl and gave motorists headaches as they headed out on their morning commutes.

NHP asked for assistance and authorities said the man appeared to be suicidal.

NLVPD took over the scene and investigation, and officers with the Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to deescalate the situation.

Alonzo, who is from Texas, was taken into custody without incident, according to NLVPD.

He was first taken to a local hospital for medical clearance due to self-inflicted injuries.

Alonzo was booked into the North Las Vegas correction center.

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